Monica Huisman

Introduction




“Soprano Monica Huisman’s performance was worth the price of admission alone. If you haven’t heard this fine singer yet, pencil her in, the next chance you get. Exuding dramatic flair with a resonant voice as rich as melted chocolate, she was a pleasure to hear…”
Winnipeg Free Press, Holly Harris

Biography


Ms. Huisman has been hailed as possessing a soprano voice that 'embodies both flawless technique and dramatic impact'. In 1999, she made her debut at the famous Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in a live broadcast of Riccardo Zandonai’s ‘Francesca da Rimini'. Since then Ms. Huisman has delighted audiences from Amsterdam to Guatemala City with the reputation of her 'silken' voice 'consistently crafting each note into a work of art' (Winnipeg Free Press).
She has soared on the stages of Vancouver Opera, Calgary opera, Edmonton Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, The Netherlands Opera, Manitoba Opera, Opera Ontario and Saskatoon Opera in signature roles such as Musetta in La Boheme 'whose silken voice and fine stage sense belong in the show-stealing category '(Vancouver Sun), Micaela in Carmen, Pamina in Magic Flute, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and the Fox in Cunning Little Vixen.  

Concert repertoire has seen her thrill audiences with with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Guatemala Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Regina Symphony Orchestra, Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, Concertgebouw Symphony Orkest, Radio-Symphony Orkest and Orchestra London in such works as Strauss' Four Last Songs, Brahm's Requiem, Mahler's 2nd and Beethoven's 9th . Recent engagements include a return to the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam featuring Smetana's the Bartered Bride, as well as 'singing it like it was her native tongue' and absolutely 'mesmerizing' the audience in Villa Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras in RICE International Festival in Rio di Janeiro.  Upcoming engagements include Vaughn Williams Sea Symphony with the Saskatoon Symphony as well as Schubert's Lobegesang with the Vancouver Symphony.

 January 2014

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Full Repertoire



OPERA

Bellini Giulietta I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI
Bizet Frasquita CARMEN
Davies, Victor Celeste TRANSIT OF VENUS (premier)
Floyd Mrs.Hayes/Susannah SUSANNAH
Gounod Juliette ROMÉO et JULIETTE
Handel Dorinda ORLANDO
Humperdinck Sandman/Dewfairy/Gretel HÄNSEL UND GRETEL
Janáček Fox CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN
Mozart Countess/Susannah
Pamina
Fiordiligi
Donna Anna/Donna Elvira
LE NOZZE DI FIGARO
DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE
COSÌ FAN TUTTE
DON GIOVANNI
Puccini Musetta LA BOHÈME
Pura, B. Mme. Riel BATOCHE
Rossini Clorinda CINDERELLA
Sullivan Fleta IOLANTHE
Zandonai Garsenda FRANCESCA DA RIMINI

 

CONCERT

Bach, J.S. Magnificat
Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Mass in C
Brahms Neue Liebeslieder Walzer Op. 65
  Requiem
Handel Messiah
Mahler Symphony No. 2 and 4
Mendelssohn Elijah
Poulenc Gloria
Rutter Magnificat
Schubert
Strauss, R.
Mirjam's Siegesgesang
Vier Letzte Lieder
Verdi Quattro pezzi sacri



Engaged By

Calgary Opera
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Edmonton Opera
Edmonton Symphony
Hamilton Philharmonic
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra
Manitoba Opera
Montréal (CBC)
National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ottawa
Netherlands’ Promenade Orchestra
Pacific Opera Victoria
Okanagan Vocal Arts Festival
Opera Ontario
Opera Saskatchewan
Orchestra London
Radio Netherlands Orchestra
Regina Symphony
Saskatoon Symphony
Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Vancouver (CBC)
Vancouver Opera
Winnipeg Symphony

Reviews



“Winnipeg-born Huisman's voice that grew, in turn, out of the choir's texture became another highlight. Her molten soprano soared over the combined 100-plus musicians and 120 singers with ease, eventually joined by Krause as they sung like angels extolling the power of faith.”
Winnipeg Free Press, Holly Harris [Mahler Symphony No. 2]

"Winnipeg soprano Monica Huisman was appropriately demure as peasant girl Micaela, who, in sharp contrast to Carmen, stood almost stock-still while delivering her arias.  Huisman has proven herself to be a totally relieable performer, pristinely accurate and consistently crafting each note into a work of art.  In Je dis que rien, she was a woman on a mission, determined to confront Carmen.  We tingled at her innocence-tinged bravery.
Winnipeg Free Press - Gwenda Nemerofsky

“…the star was Monica Huisman’s Micaëla …with only two opportunities to ravish her audience, Huisman triumphed both times…”

Opera Canada
 

“…partnered by Monica Huisman as the Fox, whose silken voice and fine stage sense belong in the show-stealing category…

Review Vancouver
 

“…soprano Monica Huisman’s performance was worth the price of admission alone. .. a resonant voice as rich as melted chocolate, she was a pleasure to hear…”

Winnipeg Free Press
 

“…Monica Huisman made a compelling Pamina, beautiful to watch and with her dark rich tone, a more interesting Princess to hear than many more famous sopranos.”

Opera Canada
 

“…Huisman sang with full throttle vocalism and ample emotion transforming what some might dismiss as a bel-canto bauble into a vivid scene.”

Montreal Gazette  
 

“….listen to young Canadian sensation Monica Huisman in the role of Musetta…”

Globe and Mail -  Toronto
 

“…Monica Huisman’s Musetta is endowed with an enormous voice used with all its pouting, preening and sneering velocity in the opera’s best-known aria “Quando m’en vo…”

Times Colonist, Victoria
 

“…soprano Monica Huisman invested in the role of  Frasquita with fiery Hispanic temperament and

vocal excellence…”

The Courier - Vancouver
 

“…Huisman’s expressive soprano led the way through the Four Last Songs…such sad beauty was contained in Huisman’s interpretation that the audience had her back twice after its initial response.”

Star Phoenix
 

“…fantastic young soprano Monica Huisman. As one of the high ladies,  provided an incredible sound,

foreshadowing the tragedy to follow for Francesca da  Rimini…”

de Trouw -   Amsterdam 2000
 

“…and Monica Huisman as Musetta , maintained a sense that “less is more.” Her version of Musetta’s Waltz positively sizzled with sensuality but there was always a sense of disciplined restraint.  Her final top notes tapered to a whisper, embodying both flawless technique and dramatic impact….”

Morning Star - Okanagan Vocal Arts Festival

 

“…Canadian Soprano Monica Huisman as Micaela is blessed with a lovely

lyric voice that has a seductive throaty sound”.

CFMX Toronto Classical